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How does a worm Cafe work?

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Asked by: Dan Sermeno

How does a worm cafe worm?

The Worm Café® has been designed with mounds on collector trays and a fly proof lid to encourage worms to continuously move up through the trays in search of fresh organic waste. Modern legs with ant caps and a fly proof lid help prevent ants from climbing and insects from getting into your Worm Cafe®.

How do worm farms work?

About Worm Farming

Worms dig and aerate the soil, allowing more water to soak in. When living in your worm farm, worms will eat up to 3-4kg of your kitchen waste every week, then turn it into worm castings (rich plant food) and worm tea (liquid fertilizer) that can be used to improve the health of your garden.

How many worms do I need for a worm Cafe?

We recommend you purchase a minimum of 1,000 compost worms to give your worm farm the best start. How much will my worms eat?

How do I set up a worm farm?

Move your worm farm into a cool dark dry area away from the hot sun. Place the newspaper on the base of your first working tray once your cocoa fiber brick has expanded. Grab it out of the bowl.

What can I use for a worm blanket?

You can buy worm blankets, or they can be simply made from natural materials such as old cotton sheets, cotton pillow cases or old towels, cotton t-shirts, woollen material, corrugated cardboard etc. Whatever you choose to use, be sure to keep your worm blanket damp, but not soaking wet.

Do worm farms smell?

A properly functioning worm farm should never smell, apart from a sweet smell of soil. If you notice a bad smell it is most likely from rotting food – when there is more food than the worms can eat it will start to rot, the worm farm becomes anaerobic and releases nasty gasses.

Are worm farms worth it?

Worm farms are an efficient way to reduce household waste and produce nutrient-rich fertiliser for the garden. In fact, worms can consume and compact waste so well that they can reduce the volume of organic matter by 95 per cent.

Can I use tap water in my worm farm?

Its likely that the worms would prefer rain water but tap water is fine even with chlorine in it.

Are maggots OK in worm farm?

If larger flies or maggots are present, it is generally a sign that food (especially meat) is rotting rather than being eaten by your worms. Avoid meat in worm farms, and make sure you are not over-feeding your new pets.

Is worm farming difficult?

Starting a worm farm (also known as a worm composter) is not difficult, and it is a project that can involve the kids. The classic method is stacking bins made of any material, but the plastic ones that are found at the supermarket are ideal. Make sure that the bins are of a dark material and not see-through.

How often should I feed my worm farm?

Plan to feed your outdoor composting worms about once every 2 or 3 weeks. Be careful not to overfeed your worms. If you add too much food for your worms they will not be able to eat it before it rots. Rotting food can attract fruit flies and cause a bad odor.

Do worms eat grass clippings?

Grass clippings are a great addition to a traditional compost pile and worms will eat these as well in their natural setting, but in your vermicomposting system, they will heat up the soil and can kill all of your worms.

Do worms eat banana peels?

Bananas are a great and inexpensive snack for both us and our worms. Those peels are desirable to compost worms no matter what shape they’re in. They’ll make short work of what otherwise would have taken up space in your trash.